Research Preparation


This course introduces basic principles of research methodology in the various branches of the discipline of Linguistics. Students review the current theoretical and empirical research literature in order to argue for a specific research question or direction for further research. The major modes of delivery are individual and small group research supervision and tutorials.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Review and critique theoretical and methodological aspects of linguistic research presented in the literature.

2. Identify and select a worthwhile area which relates to a significant line of enquiry in linguistic research.

3. Define a valid research question or direction in a particular area of linguistic research.

4. Produce an organised and coherent written argument for the proposed research which conforms to the stylistic standards of published research in the discipline.


Review of the research methodologies in Linguistics:

  • Field methodologies (e.g. Phonology)
  • Theoretical argumentation (e.g. Formal syntax)
  • Corpus based methodology
  • Natural observation methods (e.g. Sociolinguistics)
  • Experimental methodology (e.g. Clinical & Applied Linguistics)

Review of the research process:

  • Defining and planning research problems
  • Critique
  • Interpreting data
  • Research ethics
  • Funding research
  • Documentation and publication of research

Assumed Knowledge

LING6910 (or equivalent)

Assessment Items

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Written Assignment: Preliminary Literature Review

Written Assignment: Preliminary Research Proposal

Written Assignment: Final Proposal

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Research component Contact hours are established between lecturer and student